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Paul Banks, King Dude, Trail of Dead, Beth Orton, Cat Physics   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MATT & KIM unveiled "Let's Go" at Funnie Or Die.

PAUL BANKS of Interpol is streaming his solo debut LP.

KING DUDE is advance streaming Burning Daylight.

...TRAIL OF DEAD is advance streaming Lost Songs.

BETH ORTON stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

PLIMSOULS: "A Million Miles Away." Classic power-pop.

JENS LEKMAN talks songwriting and storytelling with PopMatters.

JASON LYTLE talks to Morning Edition about ending Grandaddy and heading for big sky country.

DIVINE FITS: Britt Daniel talks to the Boston Globe about putting the band together.

TAME IMPALA: Kevin Parker talks about pop and the periphery at The Line of Best Fit.

KRISTEN STEWART spent millions on a home near Robert Pattinson's while they were broken up. Hmm.

TINA FEY & AMY POHELER are co-hosting the Golden Globes.

BEYONCE KNOWLES is the Super Bowl halftime show performer.

NICKI MINAJ / MARIAH CAREY FEUD: President Obama weighs in. Yes, really.

HULK HOGAN files a 100 million lawsuit regarding the leaked sex tape. Bubba the Love Sponge says Hogan may have been in on it.

KATE GOSSELIN claims her face "de-ages." Botox is not her bag, baby.

BILL MURRAY Likes to Call Kelly Lynch's Husband Every Time He Sees Patrick Swayze Having Sex With Her in Road House.

CARRIE: The Chloe Moretz-led remake of the Stephen King classic has a trailer online.

THE UNITED STATES: An appeals court overturned a military court's conviction of former bin Laden bodyguard and driver Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and detained at Guantanamo. Because providing material support for terrorism was not an international war crime at the time of his arrest, the court found the conviction a retroactive prosecution and untenable.

SWISS authorities are holding billion in assets linked to deposed dictators in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Tunisia. Swiss officials are working with judicial officers in Egypt and Tunisia to restore the blocked funds, but the process is expected to take "years."

IRAN: Continued concern over Iran's nuclear program prompted the EU to impose a range of new economic sanctions on Iran. Iran said it would cut the imports of nonessential goods as it moves to a resistance economy.

PAKISTAN: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has just informed us that the Pakistani military is not about to launch an operation in North Waziristan following the Movement of the Taliban's admitted assassination attempt against Malala, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in Swat.

KITTENS Learning Physics.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT now has an official mug.

THE MYSTERY MONKEY's days may be numbered.

A HORSE's pajamas help her sleep.

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New Releases, David Byrne & St Vincent, Tift Merritt, Rescue Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GRIZZLY BEAR "Speak in Rounds" for Leno.

NEW RELEASES from Donald Fagen, Patrick Wolf, Trey Anastasio, Jason Lytle and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

SINKANE is advance streaming Mars.

DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT bust some touring dance moves in this "In Practice" video at NPR.

TIFT MERRITT plays three new songs from Traveling Alone at WNYC Soundcheck.

X stopped by 30 Rock to play "Hot House" and "Breathless," lo these many moons ago.

MUMFORD & SONS talks to the BBC about their next album already.

HEART: Ann Willson takes The A.V. Club on a track-based tour of the band's career.

JEFF LYNNE shares his Top 13 LPs with The Quietus.

THE ROLLING STONES will play 50th Anniversary shows in London and Newark only... for now.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON were photographed together for the first time since their split in July.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON and her boyfriend of about year, Nate Naylor, have gone their separate ways.

LINDSAY LOHAN will sit for a Barbara Walters interview. "If you were a tree, what sort of trre would you run over?"

RUSSELL CROWE will likely cough up 20 million to Danielle Spencer under his prenup.

TOM CRUISE leaving Scientology to win back Katie Holmes? Seems unlikely.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY looked like a skeletal shadow of himself jogging outside a gym in Austin, TX.

ASHLEY GREENE (Twilight) finds dating difficult.

THE PHILIPPINES government signed a preliminary peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim insurgent group.

TURKEY grounded an Armenian plane that was carrying food for Syrian Armenians, then allowed the flight to continue on to Aleppo.

SYRIA: Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats. Accusations of Hezbollah involvement in Syria have strengthened in recent weeks amid reports of fighters killed in combat being returned to Lebanon for quiet burial.

PAKISTAN: A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating education for girls has every chance of making a "good recovery", British doctors said on Monday as 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai arrived at a hospital in central England for treatment of her severe wounds.

A DOG trains to rescue his pals from a canoe.

SUPERMICE invade Europe with extra-high sperm counts.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A camping area and archery range in southeastern Idaho was the site of a mass squirrel killing, leaving state wildlife agents puzzled over who could do something like this. I have an alibi.

THE SWARM: A 65-year-old Texas man died after his riding lawnmower riled up a hive of bees that swarmed and stung him.

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Titus Andronicus, Bat For Lashes, PB & J, Dog + Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 15, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JENS LEKMAN made his TV debut playing "I Know What Love Isn't" for Fallon.

TITUS ANDRONICUS is advance streaming Local Business.

BAT FOR LASHES is advance streaming The Haunted Man in full (after offering selections last week).

REBEKAH DELGADO is advance streaming Don't Sleep. (Thx, LHB.)

SAVOIR ADORE is advance streaming Our Nature.

PETER BJORN & JOHN "I Wish I Was A Spy" for the latest Yo Gabba Gabba! soundtrack.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT & SHARON VAN ETTEN duet on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" as part of the Holidays Rule comp.

SUFJAN STEVENS drops "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling" from his upcoming Christmas collection.

THE BOOMTOWN RATS: "I Don't Like Mondays," live at the Secret Policemen's Other Ball.

LED ZEPPELIN talks to The Guardian about their musical legacy, reputation for excess - and why they will never reunite again.

AC NEWMAN talks to Exclaim! about his third solo LP and the next New Pronographers' LP. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

CARIBOU: Dan Snaith talks to SPIN about his turn towards a more danceable sound; there's also a stream at the link.

JOHN PEEL: The BBC has said it will reconsider naming part of its new London headquarters after the late DJing legend, if a claim he made a 15-year-old pregnant is proved.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Taken 2 takes the top spot again with 22 million, albeit on a 55 percent drop tending to confirm a less leggy run than the original. That said, Liam Neeson has taken 86.8 million doomestic against a 45 million budget already. Argo places with a 20.1 million debut, actually gaining steam over the weekend on good word of mouth.  Sinsiter shows with 18.3 million against a frugal 3 million budget (the Paranormal Activity producers return to formula). Hotel Transylvania takes the fourth slot with 17.3 million braking the 100 million mark against an 85 million budget.  Here Comes The Boom rounds out the Top 5 with a 12 million debut, which some may consider disappointing from Kevin James led, Adam Sandler produced comedy.  Beow the fold, Seven Psychopaths opened in ninth with a disappointing 4.3 million against a 15 million budget.

ARGO: The bizarre-bit-true story of the CIA/Candaian rescue of six escapees from the US embassy during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis disguised as a film crew may be only slightly less odd than the story of Ben Affleck cementing himself as one of Hollywood's most solid directors.  Granted, Affleck surrounds himself in the lead with a talented cast, though no one with the box office draws of The Town.  The first half has great fun taking the occasional jab at Hollywood itself, with help from John Goodman and Alan Arkin, while the second effectively turns up the suspense (particularly in light of the known outcome). A thoroughly entertaining film only slightly marred by its treatment of pre-Revolutionary Iran in the introduction; its depiction of Mossadegh is politically correct to a degree strange in a movie where the CIA are ostensibly to be preferred over Iranian Islamic zealots.

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS: Given this title, and this cast, you would something quite wacky and violent. It certainly is both of those things, but also about much more than that. Colin Farrell -- the closest thing to the straight man here -- plays a screwwnwriter with a block and a drinking problem.  He's friends with Sam Rockwell's character, ostensibly an actor but more of a dognapper in a scheme with Christopher Walken.  These two run afoul of a gangster played by Woody Harrelson. What ensues ends up being a bit more about Farrell than you might expect.  Rockwell continues to be one of the more unsung talets in film today, while Walken turns in what may be his best turn since Catch Me If You Can.

RUSSELL CROWE has split from his wife of nine years, Danielle Spencer.

BRITNEY SPEARS may be a bit nutter-butter, but she's still worth 32 million.

LINDSAY LOHAN defends her mother, attacks her father.

GARY COLLINS, a familiar TV figure throughout the '80s as both an actor and show host, died early Saturday.  He was 74.

HITCHCOCK: The Anthony Hopkins led, Psycho-centric biopic has a trailer online.

HEZBOLLAH's chief financial officer fled to Israel, taking with him 5 million in embezzled funds as well as classified documents and maps.

YEMEN: The US reportedly delivered 106 armored vehicles to the Yemeni Defense Ministry.

SYRIA: Rebels claimed to have downed a Syrian air force jet. Syria and Turkey banned each others' civilian flights over their territory.

IRAN: US officials said Iran was behind a series of cyberatttacks against US targets, including financial institutions.

DOG & CAT, sleeping together...Mass hysteria!

GRIZZLY MAN: Casey Anderson has adopted an 800-lb grizzly bear called Brutus, who he has raised since birth. And married actress Missi Pyle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

TIGHT SQUEEZE: A Wellington woman crawled 30 meters on her hands and toes through a small drain to rescue three ducklings that probably would have died if not for her determination to save them.

A PIT BULL lawyers up.

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Upbeat, Tegan & Sara, Twin Shadow, Rolling Stones, Cutout Bin, Lil Bub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with UPBEAT! Syndicated out of Cleveland, Upbeat never achieved the status of American Bandstand, but attracted any number of major acts from 1964-71, including Otis Redding on the day before he died in that plane crash. Today's selections include Stevie Wonder with "For Once In My Life," Joe South with "Games People Play," Joe Tex with "Skinny Legs and All," Archie Bell and the Drells with "Tighten Up" (which just might be my favorite) Jerry Butler with "Only the Strong Survive," and the O'Kaysions with "I'm a Girl Watcher."

TEGAN & SARA share a new song from their forth-coming 2013 album as well as some picks from their expansive catalog for this KEXP performance.

TWIN SHADOW stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

FIELD REPORT stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set of dark, poignant Americana.

TY SEGALL stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Peter Bjorn and John, Death Grips, Peter Gabriel and more feature in the latest edition of the series.

THE ROLLING STONES have a new single, "Doom and Gloom," attached to their next Greatest Hits package.

THE MEMBERS: "Working Girl," from the "Where Are They Now?" file.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle waxes poetic about his process and career at PopMatters.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to the Oxford American about how his book became an album. (Thx, LHB.)

ROD STEWART in an interview with Sounds, circa 1973.

HOW INDIE DIED: A Hipster Runoff instant classic.

CUTOUT BIN:  From the Who to U2, from AC/DC to Lou Rawls, from REM to John Lennon, plus Graham Parker, Freedy Johnson, Led Zeppelin, Lloyd Cole and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Argo, currently scoring 92 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Here Comes the Boom, which is scoring 48 percent; Sinister, currently scoring 62 percent; and Seven Psychopaths, scoring 89 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN made a hysterical plea for help to her father, as she claimed she was being kidnapped by mom Dina Lohan, but has since hugged it out with her. A good thing, too, as Li-Lo is bailing Dina out of a foreclosure.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is marrying a man raised as her brother.

DEMI MOORE is "not psyched" about her husband, Ashton Kutcher, dating his old girlfriend, Mila Kunis.

MILA KUNIS: In the running for 50 Shades of Grey?

ROBERT PATTINSON, chatting up a mystery blonde.

BEN AFFLECK talks to THR about his career turnaround, how anxiety drives him, what Matt Damon's wife might think when he comes over, and what he emailed J. Lo.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) is in talks to play Mary Jane.

DJANGO UNCHAINED: Quentin Tarantino's next pic has a trailer online.

FRANCE: Five of the 12 Islamists arrested in sweeps in cities around France have been freed, said the prosecutor, Francois Molins. He said seven people remain in custody a day after police discovered bomb-making materials in an underground parking lot as part of a probe of an "extremely dangerous terrorist cell."

LIBYA: Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, the former commander of a special US security team in Libya, told Congress at a hearing on the Sept. 11 Benghazi consulate attack that al Qaeda's presence in Libya "grows every day" and that the terror group is "more established than we are" there. The State Department pulled Woods' security team from Libya in August.

IRAN is providing crucial equipment and technical help to Syria in its effort to track opposition forces through the Internet and other forms of electronic surveillance, according to US officials.

LIL BUB dropped a new video.

TWO PANDAS have been honored for their services to Scottish tourism.

MALE MICE can learn to sing in harmony to impress the girls.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A ground squirrel collected in the wild near Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains was found with fleas carrying bacteria that can cause Bubonic plague.

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Bat For Lashes, Grizzly Bear, Hot Chip, CMJ, Golden Cam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JACK WHITE vs JACK WHITE in the video for "I'm Shakin."

BAT FOR LASHES is advance streaming The Haunted Man.

GRIZZLY BEAR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

HOT CHIP dropped by the KEXP studio recently for an uncharacteristically analog session.

CMJ 2012: College DJs create a streaming mix of bands playing the Music Marathon.

THE WALKMEN drop "Dance With Your Partner" and "Vermeer '65" on Soundcloud.

THE JAGS: "Back of My Hand," from TOTP and the "Where Are They Now?" file.

JENS LEKMAN talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about humor in song. (Thx, LHB.)

TIFT MERRITT talks to Morning Edition about Traveling Alone.

DEAD CAN GANCE: Lisa Gerrard talks to PopMatters about how an artist views themselves and the work that they do.

THE 10 BEST BOND THEMES, according to Paste.

LINDSAY & DINA LOHAN: Cops were called early Wednesday when the oft-rehabbed starlet and her mom began fighting in a limousine.

OLIVIA WILDE talks about relationships and proves beautiful women can say crazy stuff without anyone calling 'em on it.

BEYONCE is out of Clint Eastwood's version of A Star Is Born.

KATIE HOLMES  is enjoying her new life being single since her divorce from Tom Cruise and has no plans on dating anyone anytime soon.

HULK HOGAN's family fears that another sex tape featuring the wrestling legend could be leaked.

ALEX KARRAS, a fierce and relentless All-Pro lineman for the Detroit Lions whose irrepressible character placed him frequently at odds with football's authorities but led to a second career as an actor on television and in the movies, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 77.

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR heads Flavorpill's list of films with undeservedly bad reputations.

FRANCE: Police found bomb-making materials in a Paris garage linked to recent raids against an Islamic extremist cell that netted 12 suspects and resulted in the death of another.

ISRAEL abandoned plans for an imminent attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. Israeli intelligence concluded that a significant portion of Iran's 20 percent enriched uranium had been diverted to a medical research reactor.

SYRIA: Rebels seized a strategic town on the highway between Damascus and Aleppo. The government rushed reinforcements to the area. British Foreign Secretary Hague said the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate with no end in sight.

IRAQ: The Army detained 21 men on terrorism charges and discovered 52 bombs during raids south of Baghdad. Police seized two bomb-making factories in Hillah.

GOLDEN CAM: Retriever pups, 24/7.

THE MYSTERY MONKEY attacks an elderly woman in Tampa.

BRAINLESS SLIME MOLD has a spatial memory.

A 234-LB BABY WALRUS finds a home in NYC.

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